Cozy and relaxed. If you don't know it is a French restaurant you might think it is Japanese because of its decoration. Low lights and few tables with a wall on the back full of wines. The wine selection is very nice but pricey. The staff super kind.
The menu is varied and the dishes are at very reasonable prices. With my partner in crime we ordered a small cheese board/plate and the grilled octopus for starters. I have to say the cheeses were pretty average (firstly we wanted clams but they were sold out). The octopus (spicy) was nice though. Later we had spinach ravioli and slow stewed beef risotto. The ravioli were tasty, creamy and well stuffed, but the risotto wasn't a risotto, neither the type of rice used nor the cooking method was one of a risotto. We also couldn't find where the beef was. Other than that, I have to admit the sizes of the portions are quite generous.
We didn't make it to the desserts guys, sorry again!
Overall feeling: the place is amenable but I wouldn't say it is an authentic French bistro. They have a diverse menu for different tastes. There is that “something else” that makes it a little bit confusing of what are you expecting. The food is average and the wine could be more affordable. Having so many places in the city to try out, I wouldn't come back.
SmartReviews is SmartShanghai’s crack squad of amateur reviewers, eating their way around the city and writing about it. They have been chosen from a large pool of applicants and given a set of strict guidelines to follow to make sure their reviews are honest, informed and fair to both potential customers and the restaurants themselves.